About this object

A small head of a young boy from a votive statuette of the temple boy type. The face has a distinct smile, the eyes are wide and well shaped with low arching eye brows and a well defined and perhaps pointed nose. There are traces of red colour on the eyes, ears and one of the cheeks. The hair at the crown of the head has a central parting that runs across the back of the head. There is a thick line across athe forehead that may have been a now very faded wreath of leaves. There is a very deep crack running all around the face and separating it from the back of the head. The two parts were glued together.

Object specifics

  • Type
  • Culture
  • Artist/Maker
    Unknown or unrecorded
  • Place made
    Europe: Southern Europe: Cyprus
  • Date made
    Late 5th - Early 4th Century BC
  • Materials
  • Location
    Item not currently on display
  • Acquisition
    Gift of Captain Fothergill
  • Collector
    Captain Fothergill
  • Place collected
    Europe: Southern Europe: Cyprus
  • Date collected
    Before 1865
  • Measurements
    120 mm x 100 mm x 115 mm; 4 3/4 in x 3 15/16 in x 4 1/2 in
  • Note
    Curator's note: Similar examples of small boy statuettes holding offerings are included in A..Hermary's catalogue of the Cesnola collections of the Metropolitan Museum of New York, catalogue number 150-151, pp.136-37.
  • Related people
    Captain Fothergill (Collector)

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    Date: 1931

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